Top five tips for getting a good night’s sleep

Top five tips for getting a good night's sleep

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I don’t know about you. But sleep is one of those things that I struggle with. I struggle to fall asleep. I struggle to wake up. And I struggle to get more than about six and a half hours a night. Which is not enough for me. But just before Christmas I headed into London for a special sleep event with Habitat and picked up some fab sleeping tips. Which have helped me get a better nights rest ever since. So if like me one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to get a better night’s sleep, then read on:

Needing eight hours is a myth 

Yep. I know. I was shocked too. But apparently we don’t need eight hours sleep a night. I mean I’d love a good eight hours a night. Or more. But I know I can function perfectly well on six. Heck I function most days on six or seven. And I function just fine. But by knowing I don’t need eight hours to function the next day, means I stop getting sleep anxiety when I check the clock to see how little sleep I’m actually going to get that night. Which brings me onto the next point…

Stop checking the clock 

You know when you wake up in the middle of the night and then check the clock to see what the time is. And then panic that you’ve only got an hour and a half until your alarm goes off. And then you don’t sleep for the next hour and a half. Well don’t check the clock. I know its easier said than done, but trust me it works wonder. By not checking the time, I don’t get stressed about how little sleep I have left before the alarm goes off. Instead I seem to roll over and fall straight back to sleep.

Lights out all out 

I know I’m not the only one who does this. But I have a bad habit of checking every social media channel and news site before trying to sleep. And I wonder why I struggle to fall asleep? Well easier said than done, but don’t check your phone right before bed. If you need to, check it a little while before and ensure it’s on night mode, so it’s easier on the eyes. Your screen’s bright light can instantly wake you up.

Turn your bedroom into a calm oasis 

It’s time to take back control of your bedroom and keep it that – a bedroom. Not an office, not a place to watch TV. Just a calm environment where you sleep. I try and keep my bedroom as clear as I can. Which again is easier said than done. But for me a calm space to sleep in, puts me in a calm mood and ready for bed. I also find new bedding works. Because we all sleep better with fresh sheets don’t we? I have some lovely new Habitat bedding on bed at the moment and I love it!

Get into a routine 

We’re simple creatures really. And getting into a routine will really help your sleep. For me it’s normally having a bath and reading a few pages of a book. As soon as I’m out the bath and taken my makeup off, it’s like my brain knows it’s almost time for bed and I start to feel tried. Now obviously I can’t do this every night. And at the weekend the routine can go out the window a little. But I definitely sleep a lot better with my routine.

What do you think of these tips? Is sleep something you struggle with?

26 Comments

  1. hannah
    January 4, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Sometimes i have trouble sleeping. I don’t get 8 hours, sometimes i sleep longer, others a lot less. I think as long as you are getting some sleep, it doesnt really matter how long

  2. January 4, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    Great tips. I sometimes have 8 hours sleep sometimes less I definitely think its important to have some kind of routine.

  3. January 4, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    I do struggle with sleep, I’ve always struggled with falling asleep and waking up. Lately, I struggle with staying asleep due to pain waking me up. These are great tips, I’ve always done better if I stick with a routine. The problem is making myself stick to it!

  4. January 4, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    You are so right about checking the time during the night. I do that all the time and then end up staying on my phone until my alarm goes off! ugh! I need to stop that! Thanks for all the tips!

    xoxo, Candice

  5. January 4, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Some great tips and I have tried them all plus some and even medication from the GP doesn’t help I’m stuck in a nasty cycle at the moment with sleep and am desperate to find something that will finally work

  6. January 4, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    I only have one tip: don’t have children, especially ones that learn to climb out of their cotbed at 2! Seriously though, great tips 🙂 H x

  7. January 4, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    I’m so awful at getting to sleep! I’m definitely always checking the time, and get distracted by social media before I go to bed. I’m currently trying to put my phone down earlier and read a book before sleeping – but the FOMO is real!

  8. January 4, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    I myself can manage perfectly fine on 6-7 hours, sometimes when I sleep for 8, I actually over sleep and i’m exhausted.

  9. nicol
    January 4, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    i need to learn to not check my phone when I’m in bed. i become less tired.

  10. January 4, 2017 / 11:05 pm

    I sleep an average of 3-5 hours and its not good for sure, when I have the occasional night of six hours it feels like heaven. 8 is too much I think x

  11. January 5, 2017 / 9:14 am

    I’ve fallen into the habit of checking my phone before going to sleep which is so bad. My resolution this year is to stop doing it. Even when I wake randomly during the night I need to fight the urge to check my phone

  12. January 5, 2017 / 10:52 am

    I used to wake up during the night and think I was awake for ages before falling asleep again. I got some relaxing music to help me get back to sleep. 30 mins of soothing sounds and I have never heard the full 30 minutes as I am fast asleep within ten minutes.

  13. January 5, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    I definitely struggle to sleep, I really need to stop checking my phone or laptop because that definitely wakes me up rather than calms for the night ahead

  14. January 5, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Great tips here. I agree with them all. I aim for 6/7 hours sleep every night. Anything more is heavenly.

  15. January 6, 2017 / 4:35 am

    I am a sucker for checking the clock. It does my head in as I feel like I can’t help it!! xxx

  16. Laura H
    January 6, 2017 / 10:20 am

    I didn’t know that 8 wasn’t necessary! I mean I have learned that the hard way but I didn’t know that it was seen as a myth!

  17. January 6, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    I have to say I do love brand new clean fresh bedding! Bliss!

  18. January 7, 2017 / 9:34 am

    I always sleep amazing when I put clean bedding on, our bad thing is we do watch tv in bed which we have tried to stop doing recently but some nights I want to just snuggle up especially in the winter

  19. Sarah Ann
    January 7, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    Getting into a routine was so important for me. I also started meditating and that helped to send me off into a deep sleep really quickly.

  20. January 7, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    If I can’t sleep I now get up and start doing things and go back to sleep later even if it’s just for 2 or 3 hours. I find I cope really well and it kind of breaks the poor sleep pattern … almost like pulling a 24 hr shift

  21. Lauren
    January 8, 2017 / 3:03 am

    Not gonna lie, I’ve always been a great sleeper. But if I’m struggling a nice, hot cup of peppermint tea always helps!

  22. Dani
    January 8, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    These are some great tips!
    I’ve really been struggling sleeping recently and the main thing that works for me is reading before bed 🙂

    Dani x

  23. January 9, 2017 / 11:53 am

    I think sleep is very underrated, but it’s so important to out health. Great tips!

  24. January 9, 2017 / 11:53 am

    I think people underestimate turning the lights out as a mechanism to sleep! It seems so simple, but even the smallest light from charging tech or things on stand by can keep you awake.

  25. January 9, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    I can’t remember the last time I got 8 hours! I barely get two if I’m honest as Oscar refuses to sleep LOL. I’ve started turning my phone off at night now as it would light up the room and keep me awake. I also try not to check how long I’ve got left before having to get up or I panic that I’m going to sleep through the alarm and not get Stacey up in time for school. I’ve never had a TV in the room but I definitely need to rid it of some clutter as it’s certainly not a calm oasis! I’ll be trying to make sure I follow your tips from now on 🙂

    Louise x

  26. January 12, 2017 / 4:03 am

    I am the panicker who freaks out when I wake up and check the clock…I love knowing I do not need 8 hrs..this must be a really huge lie because it is everywhere!!!

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